incommensurable


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incommensurable

adjective at variance, cannot be compared to, cannot be weighed against, discordant, disproportionate, dissimilar, greatly dissimilar, incomparable, incongruent, inconsistent, inharmonious, lopsided, mismatched, out of proportion, unbalanced, unequal
Associated concepts: incommensurable goods, incommennurable values
See also: different, disparate, disproportionate, inapplicable, incommensurate
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Thirdly, we are moving from a binary logic for thinking about contradictory relations of forces to a fluid and strategic field of incommensurable relations of forces.
Among other things, the ISM assumes that incommensurable rationalities mean that the definition of psychological processes can vary with commitments to different ultimate standards.
As this Part will conclude, process theory makes such balancing of incommensurable values possible.
Like irrationals, values are mostly incommensurable, with no common measure.
I think there is, but it is not, strictly speaking, an alternative--a complete and incommensurable opposite--but rather an acceptance of the necessary logic of the hybrid character of the moral world.
In fact, various philosophers have suggested deliberative devices by which agents might make justified choices in the face of plural, incommensurable values.
Some opponents of the incommensurability thesis, such as Davidson and Rorty, have argued that the very idea of incommensurability is incoherent and that the existence of alternative and incommensurable conceptual schemes is a conceptual impossibility.
When Miller focuses on the talion, he pursues major themes surrounding its function, themes such as evenness, the oddman, wergeld, as well as the problem of incommensurable goods.
The Throne speech was characterized by its incommensurable methodological scope as a structuring orientation on the state of the Nation.
Sagoff argues that good policy design requires accommodation between strongly held, incommensurable moral values.
Through a better understanding of the incommensurable nature of technological progress, as it applies to the firm, practitioners will be better equipped to survive.
These represent two competing and incommensurable ways of looking at and living in the world.